16 W. Maple Street, Chicago | Phone: (312) 335-8200 | Hours: Sun.-Thu: 5:30PM-9:30PM | Fri. & Sat: 5:30PM-10:30PM

Our building

A meticulous touch went into the building at Merlo on Maple. You may notice when you walk in that it feels like a home in a time capsule, untouched by the surrounding city.

Or you may notice the beautiful bar to the left of the entrance. We can’t fault you there. The bar, like the building itself, was carefully restored it to its original brownstone glory. Oak is in abundance, its wood shaping the floors, banisters, and walls that protect three separate private dining areas.

We are extremely lucky to have this beautiful space on Maple. Whether you want a private, memorable evening for two or a merry night filled with wine and laughter with a group of friends or business associates, we are at your service.

Lord and Lady Lavery

Lord and Lady Lavery

History of the Building

The four-story home at 16 West Maple was erected 130 years ago. At the beginning of the twentieth century, it was inhabited by the affluent Martin family (Mr. Edward Jenner Martin). Mr. Martin’s daughter, Hazel, an amateur painter, was strikingly beautiful. She met the famous English portrait artist Sir John Lavery while he was visiting Chicago. They fell in love, married, and settled in London.

Lady Lavery in one of her husbands portraits

Lady Lavery in one of her husbands portraits

Lady Lavery bank notes

Lady Lavery bank notes

Sir Lavery’s London home became an important rendezvous point for English and Irish politicians discussing Ireland’s autonomy (events leading up to the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921). Eventually, as a token of gratitude to the Laverys for their hospitality, which was instrumental in facilitating momentous negotiations, the new Irish government used one of Hazel’s portraits (painted by her husband) as a decoration piece on their banknotes.

Browse on the images below for a journey through our building.